Post By rayuki
How long do Decaf green beans last?
Since I have been relegated to drinking Decaf by my doc, I have been wondering how long Decaf (Swiss Water Process) green beans stay fresh before roasting.
The 'Rule of Three' states that green beans last 3 years, or there abouts. Now Decaf green beans have undergone a process to extract the flavour and remove the caffine before replacing the flavour back in the beans. As they have already undergone this processing, do they then behave like normal green beans? Do they have a finite shelf life?
might be a bit personal but what was the reason given by your doc you can't drink real coffee anymore? i would have thought the health benefits far outweighs any of the negatives. sounds like you might need a new doctor I had a laugh
Am absolutely no expert but my understanding was that the Swiss Water Process basically washed the caffeine out after which the beans were re-dried.
Can't think of any reason why the dried beans won't last as long as other dried beans.
I don't mind sharing the reason. I'm 71 years young and started suffering from heart palpitations. Doc was a Cardiologist. Amongst other things, he said no caffine and when I questioned that, he said that Decaf coffee was fine. So I've learnt to roast decaf beans. Steep learning curve, even though I've been roasting for 10 years. Went through a couple of kilos of decaf beans before the result was drinkable.
I never had a problem with Swiss water decaf as i used then quickly as a very nice brew and as far as shelf life goes I found that they basically do have a shelf life but of course that is subjective as different people have different definitions of freshness and shelf life